Top Tourist Attractions In Burkina Faso

The top tourist attractions in Burkina Faso are nothing short of interesting. It may be one of the poorest nations in the world but it’s one of the most beautiful countries in West Africa and a great place to experience African culture. Two countries that it shares its southern border with are Benin and Ghana. Below is a list of the best places to see in Burkina Faso.

1. Ougadougou

It is the country’s capital and as such, often gets chaotic. But we have to credit Ougadougou for being a major cultural center in West Africa and even so, doesn’t get boring due to its lively night scene. The city was the former capital of the Mossi Empire. Today, it is the home of the country’s major ethnic tribes.

Place des cinéastes, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Place des cinéastes, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

2. Bobo-Dioulasso

The city is one of the top tourist attractions in Burkina Faso. It is famous for its culture as well as historical monuments. What makes Bobo-Dioulasso distinct is its combination of architectural styles – a fusion of French and Sudanese designs. One of its main attractions is the Great Mosque whose design was inspired by the mosque of Djenne. The local train station is also noteworthy. For a taste of culture, visit the Grande Marché which features artworks of tribes from all over West Africa. Like Ougadougou, the city also has an outstanding night scene.

3. Ruins of Loropéni

The ancient stone ruins are located in Lobi. Believed to be about 1,000 years old, the Ruins of Loropéni are nicely preserved for their age. Archeologists are still unsure what the ruins used to be but it is speculated to be the former settlement of the Koulango or Lohron tribes. Both indigent groups are known for collecting and transforming gold into crafts.

4. Gorom Gorom Market

Market sellers of different ethnicities come here every Thursday from all over the country. They are here to sell goods such as jewelry, printed cotton, fabrics, leather, and handcrafted items just to name a few.

5. Banfora

The Gorom Gorom Market alternative is one of the top tourist attractions in Burkina Faso. However, the area is also known for its natural sceneries. Some hiking will get you to Lake Tengréla and the Karfiguela Waterfalls, two famous nature spots in Banfora.

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